Electric Vehicles

If you have issues with a ChargePoint station, please call their 24/7 driver hotline at 1-888-758-4389

For other concerns, RCEA is open from 9am to 5pm M-F to answer your questions at 707-269-1700

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RCEA’s Transportation Goals

The goal of RCEA’s Transportation Program is to support the use of low-carbon fuel vehicles in Humboldt County. To do this we:

 

  • Plan, manage, and implement the infrastructure necessary to support zero emissions vehicles
  • Provide information, education, and incentives to encourage the adoption of low-carbon fuel vehicles by local residents, businesses, and public agencies

 

 

There are many types of fuels other than standard gasoline and diesel that can be used to power motor vehicles. While advanced fuel efforts in Humboldt have thus far focused on electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, improved technology and reduced cost of advanced fuels may make more of these options practical for our area in the future.

Interested in Owning an Electric Vehicle?

RCEA has a variety of resources for current and potential EV drivers. If you have more questions or would like additional information, please call our office at 707-269-1700 and our Transportation Specialist would be happy to speak with you.

Types of Electric Vehicles

An electric vehicle (EV) is a car that runs on an electric motor that is powered by electricity. There are several types of EVs on the market, also known as “ZEVs,” zero emissions vehicles:

Battery Electric Vehicle: A battery electric vehicle (BEV) operates entirely on electricity and needs to be plugged in to be recharged.

Red battery electric vehicle with driver door and car hood open

Standard Hybrid: A standard hybrid engine is powered by both a gasoline or electric motor that is recharged by the engine. This car can only be fueled by gas and cannot be plugged in.

Silver standard hybrid vehicle

Plug-in Hybrid: A plug- in hybrid (PHEV) is powered by an electric motor that receives assistance from a gasoline (or diesel) engine. PHEVs can be plugged in to be recharged. PHEVs are considered ZEVs by the State of California.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric: A hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) runs on an electric motor that is powered through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. This car must be refueled with liquid hydrogen.

White SUV style EV

Interested in Owning an Electric Vehicle?

RCEA has lots of resources for current and potential EV drivers. If you have more questions or would like additional information, please call our office at 707-269-1700 and our Transportation Specialist would be happy to speak with you.

Model Year 2021 Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

There are many models of low-carbon vehicles available. This list created by the United States Department of Energy provides a brief snapshot of all the 2021 vehicle models (PDF), including their range and fuel economy. See pages 1-2 for a list of all the new battery electric vehicles, and pages 15-17 for a list of the new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles you can consider for lease or purchase.

Financial Incentives and Assistance

View the RCEA EV Incentives Sheet (PDF) to learn more about some of the various incentives available for buying an electric vehicle.

Model Year 2021 Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

There are many models of low-carbon, zero emissions vehicles available. This list created by the United States Department of Energy provides a brief snapshot of all the 2021 vehicle models (PDF), including their range and fuel economy. See pages 1-2 for a list of all the new battery electric vehicles, and pages 15-17 for a list of the new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles you can consider for lease or purchase.

 

Figure out how much an EV will cost you after all available savings and incentives are added in. These sites are helpful:

Table display with LOEV t-shirt and sign asking people to estimate how much an electric vehicle would cost

There are several different rate plans/schedules for EV drivers that want to charge at home.

Regardless of your rate schedule, you can save money on your electricity bill and support local programs by switching over to RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program.

Other types of alternative fuels

Fueling nozzels for different types of alternative fuel: Biodiesel; 2nd Gen. Diesel; Ethanol; Natural Gas; Propane; Electricity; Hydrogen

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